A member of the Qualipu Mi’kmaq First Nation took his fight against racially insensitive sports names and logos to court on Monday.
Brad Gallant, who is appearing front of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, says the indigenous names and symbols used by some Mississauga hockey teams demonstrate institutional racism.
Gallant says the city should refrain from funding teams with racially questionable names and logos, like the Mississauga Chiefs or Lorne Park Ojibwa. In addition, he says the municipality should remove all promotional banners from city property.
— Brad Gallant (@BradGGallant) November 18, 2016
In a statement, the City of Mississauga said it’s taking the matter seriously, but doesn’t believe the city is in the best position to determine whether the logos are offensive.
It’s not the first time the topic has come up at the court this fall. The #notmymascot campaign gained prominence in Toronto as the Blue Jays took on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship series in October. Indigenous activist and architect Douglas Cardinal unsuccessfully filed complaints with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario hoping to ban the use of the Indians name in Ontario during the series.